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  • The MSUM School of Performing Arts brings together students and faculty who share a passion for the arts and provides opportunities for creativity, scholarship, and real world experience. The School of Performing Arts honors tradition while embracing innovation to deliver rigorous and progressive programs. This helps our students realize their potential as passionate leaders in their creative work and develops their talents into a career—and life—in the world of the arts.

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  • School of Performing Arts News
    • Straw Hat opening just days away
      Learn the positive power of the negative, the basic uses of “you bet,” and how to accept food on the […]
    • Williams to perform with West Fargo High School Jazz Ensemble
      Thursday, May 10 | 7-8 p.m. | West Fargo High School Auditorium Dr. Kenyon Williams will perform this Thursday, May […]
    • Son of Jan Maxwell accepts Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree
      A memorial service was held last night in the Gaede stage to honor the life of alumna Jan Mawell who […]
    • Trinidad Abroad interest meetings Tuesday and Wednesday
      Wednesday, May 2 | Noon | CA 146 Why freeze in Fargo when you can study abroad in Trinidad? Join […]
    • An Evening of Dance
      Saturday, April 28 | 7:30 p.m. | Hansen Theatre The School of Performing Arts presents a dynamic dance concert featuring […]
    • Wind Ensemble concert
      The MSUM Wind Ensemble performs Wednesday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Hansen Theatre in the Roland Dille Center for […]
    • Upcoming School of Performing Arts performances
      Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo & Guitar Ensemble – Monday, April 16 | 7:30 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorium The School of […]
    • Rock Opera Opens Wednesday in Gaede
      April 4-7 | 7:30 p.m | Gaede Stage Tommy, a rock opera based on The Who’s 1969 rock concept album, […]
    • ‘Cage Against the Machine’ with MSUM Chamber Ensembles at the Plains Art Museum Friday
      Friday, April 6 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Plains Art Museum Part concert and part avant-garde happening, “Cage Against the Machine” […]
    • Chamber Music of the African Diaspora
      Tuesday, March 20 | 7:30 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorium, Weld Hall In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the assassination […]
    • Kenyon Williams to Solo with FM Symphony this Weekend
      Saturday, March 17 – Sunday, March 18 | 7:30 pm and 2 pm | NDSU’s Festival Concert Hall Dr. Kenyon […]
    • Chamber Music of the African Diaspora
      Tuesday, March 20 | 7:30 pm | Glasrud Auditorium In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Dr. […]
    • FM Symphony Members perform the music of Mark Applebaum at the Plains
      Thursday, March 1 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Plains Art Museum Three FMSO musicians (Nat Dickey-trombone, Carlyn Hendler-flute, and Tim Nelson-viola), […]
    • Songs of Resistance & Civil Rights
      African American Civil Rights Spirit in Song A new exhibit featuring songs from African American culture opened last week in […]
    • Musical Theatre majors work with NYC actor, writer Matt Webster
      MSUM Musical Theatre majors caught a lucky break last Saturday when New York City based actor and writer, Matt Webster, […]
    • Percussion professor featured on Percussive Arts Society website 
      Dr. Kenyon Williams, Professor of Percussion at MSUM, was honored this week to be featured on the Percussive Arts Society […]
    • MSUM Honors High School Percussion Ensemble to perform Saturday
      Saturday, Feb. 17 | 4-5 p.m. | Art Annex This weekend, Dr. Kenyon Williams will host the MSUM Honors High […]
    • Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
      Feb. 21-24 | Gaede Stage
    • Five-time Tony Award Nominee Jan Maxwell dies
      Jan Maxwell ’75-’80 (theatre), a five-time Tony-nominated actor whose performances spanned stage and screen, comedy and drama, died February 11 following […]
    • MSUM theatre arts students excel at KCACTF
      Seventeen Theatre Arts majors traveled to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Des Moines, Iowa, last week […]
  • Benefits of an MSUM School of Performing Arts Degree
    The School of Performing Arts faculty features impressive artistic and scholarly credentials, with an emphasis on active professional performance, ongoing research and a strong commitment to teaching. Faculty members participate with community and nationwide groups including: The Stage, Theatre B, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and Fargo-Moorhead Opera company. They perform solo recitals, concerts and play in many local jazz and commercial bands.
    The School of Performing Arts facilities include more than 25 practice rooms, Fox Recital Hall, Glasrud Auditorium, Hansen Theatre, Gaede Stage and three recording studios. As a student in the School of Performing Arts, you’ll have 24-hour access to the building in order to practice when it fits your schedule.
    MSUM has a rich history as a prestigious teaching college, and continues to highly value educating teachers, who help us fulfill our purpose of transforming the world by transforming lives.
    Joining one of MSUM’s 11 vocal and instrumental ensembles will broadly expand your performance repertoire and help you grow your skills as a performer. Music students have opportunities to perform in ensemble concerts, in chamber groups, and in solo recitals, including monthly department recitals.
    The MSUM University Theatre Series includes several mainstage productions, two annual dance concerts and many student-directed and/or created pieces each year. The mainstage productions involve students from across campus who participate as performers and technicians.
    Countless opportunities to collaborate across the School of Performing Arts, as well as within the School of Teaching and Learning, allow for enhanced learning and communication, giving you a well-rounded, versatile education.
    Learning Opportunities Outside the Classroom

    MSUM’s School of Performing Arts offers a unique and wide selection of learning opportunities to give you a well-rounded educational experience. You will gain professional-level experiences participating in ensembles, theatre productions, organizations and conferences.

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  • Careers & Outcomes
    The School of Performing Arts graduates enjoy rich and varied careers in theatre, music, education and arts industries.
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